Disabled son forced to sleep on a mattress on a hospital floor

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A young boy was forced to sleep on a mattress on the floor at Royal Preston Hospital due to a lack of beds. Cody Neatis who suffers from Down's syndrome, epilepsy and autism was instructed to sleep on the floor despite needing a high sided bed as he has a tendency to move around while he sleeps.

Photographs show two single mattresses pushed together on the floor with wires and tubes dangling from above and beside him.

He slept on the mattress for 7 nights because staff had advised they hadn't yet received the special cot they needed to keep him safe while he sleeps. His mother who has been sleeping beside him for the past week fears that his developmental age (12 months) puts him at greater risk of injuring himself or even pulling out his oxygen.

This has not been the first time his mother has struggled with provisions for her disabled son as a similar incident took place a year prior.

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